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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2009
I would definately recommend this book. I love elephants and I found the stories he had to tell moving and amazing. I am looking forward to reading his other book about baghdad zoo.Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad ZooBabylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2014
Must admit I am not usually a great fan of animal books but I found this to be an enjoyable read. Elephants I find are particularly fascinating with their matriarchal social organisation and devotion and tenderness to their offspring - as a species we could learn a lot from them! The cruelty some humans inflict on these magnificent and other beasts just for the sake of a quick profit beggars belief but this story is a beacon of hope.

A number of events are memorable, such as the baby elephant born deformed and the tenacity displayed by the herd to try and care and protect it by going without food and water over several days. The close relationship the author had with an outcast juvenile bull which eventually had to be destroyed as a rogue elephant, although it turns out that a simple course of antibiotics would have probably made this unnecessary it was subsequently discovered. The game rangers who turned bad and were running a side-line in bush meat. The poachers who set fire to the game reserve just so they could divert attention while poaching at the other end of the reserve.The book is both sad and joyful in equal measures and is not without its share of comical moments, such as the time the overweight vet was being chased and how a couple of poachers had the tables turned on them by the use of pretend witch-craft.

There were a couple of occasions in the book where I did become somewhat sceptical such as where we are asked to believe that the elephants have some sort of telepathic connection with the author. When the author returned to the reserve after an absence of some time he would supposedly find the herd waiting for him at the gates, but on one occasion the elephants turned away at the exact time he missed a travel connection.

A thoroughly enjoyable book which you don't necessarily have to be an animal lover to appreciate. The only problem being that the reader is left wondering how the herd and reserve are coping now. The day-to-day goings on at Thula Thula would make for a great blog I am sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2012
This book is an emotional roller-coaster. Although I bought the book at a discount price, after reading, I would happily have paid the full cover price. Very good value.

The author owns a large tract of land in South Africa and is a conservationist. He is offered a herd (including babies) of 'problem' elephants from another area in Africa that will be put to sleep if he says no. He knows nothing about elephants but, as I think we all might, says yes, as the alternative is too awful to contemplate. Immediately they arrive they break loose out of his enclosed land. After a protracted chase and round up, the story continues as an intriguing look at how they settle into their new home and a relationship is very gradually built up between the author and the elephants. We also get a first hand look at how life is lived in the often dangerous African land with predators and poisonous reptiles seemingly everywhere. It makes you realise just how safe we are in England when we step outside the front door in the morning. At times the story had me page turning very quickly as I wanted to ensure everything turned out OK; be warned, sometimes it doesn't, and other times it made me laugh out loud. I even shed a tear, more than once. The events are told in a very easy manner and so it is a fluid read.

I just hope this is the first instalment of his life in South Africa. It makes you want to visit too when you read they have a luxury visitor camp. If you enjoy travel literature, wildlife or even just a really good yarn I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2012
Wow, have just finished this book and was very sad to read that Lawrence Anthony died in March this year of a heart attack.
He writes about the rescue and love of an very traumatised elephant herd led by Nana that he rescues and brings to his reserve Thula Thula. He wins the trust of Nana and Frankie so they no longer feel the need to escape from human cruelty. Sad in places and brings a tear to your eye.
I read this book in two days and if you are an animal lover would highly recommend it. I will certainly read this again and have recommended it to friends. Just waiting for Babylons Ark (the follow up book)to become available on the Kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2014
If you're looking for an first rate autobiography that avoids the usual pitfall of excessive navel-gazing and self-fascination,... I've just finished reading what must be one of the best I've ever come across in my many years of reading. If you're up for a real adventure mixed with all manner of other spicy and worthwhile ingredients, check out "The Elephant Whisperer" by Lawrence Anthony.

I won't add any plot details as this could only diminish the wealth of unexpected joys waiting to unfold in this book. (And anyway,... how can anyone participate in a real adventure if they already know in advance where it's leading ?)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2009
This is the best Elephant book I have ever read. Any body who loves Elephants must read it. It is brilliantly written. You won't be able to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2009
The true story of one man and his passion for wildlife. You will laugh and cry and be amazed at the spiritual connection between man and beast. A wonderful book for animal lover's everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this book on so many levels. I enjoyed the style and pace of writing. Lawrence's sheer determination and true grit was amazing - with many difficult decisions to make. The African bush is brought to life but apart from that the relationship that Lawrence develops and nurtures with the herd of elephants is absolutely wonderful. Don't however be mistaken and think that this is about "cuddly elephants", Lawrence had a clear plan and vision for conservation which comes to fruition after a long struggle. He also successfully brings other characters to life so you feel you are living the experience with them - I wish I was as I write this on another wet day in the UK. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves wildlife, conservation, Africa and importantly apart from anything an jolly good read. It made me smile, laugh and cry. I didn't want the book to end. I will be reading more of his books and one day maybe will visit Thula Thula.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2012
My love of elephant's prompted me to buy this book and I certainly wasn't disappointed.
The story is well written and very soon I found myself willing the elephants to settle
into their new home quickly, so that they could live the kind of life they were meant to.

Your drawn into really caring what happens to everyone and all the animals that live on
the reserve and I didn't want to put it down. This is not a mushy sentimental tale about
life on a game reserve, but an intelligent account of the "journey" traveled by both the
author and the elephant herd. It makes you smile with joy at some of the antics and successes
and want to cry with real sadness at the losses.

If you enjoy the Natural World then I thoroughly recommend this book, it shows that there is hope
for mankind and the animals of Africa.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2012
I thoughly enjoyed this book. It is so well written you really feel like you are there. The author has a wonderful relationship with elephants, one in particular, whilst ensuring the elephants don't get too familiar with humans to endanger themselves. I was only disappointed to find that there is only one other book by this author. More please.
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